I have the opportunity to get a 212 (free) needing a lite restoration for my son to use. He has 3/4 acre and a lot of trees to mow around. No ground engagement needed-just mowing and a bit of cart pulling. Obviously a Zturn would be best for him but a good condition 212 is available from a benevolent neighbor. My son has a LT155 in poor condition (he got free from his neighbor with K51 issues) but my pride in what he uses is at stake. The 212 can be brought back to near new for a carb cleaning, belts, and a couple of cans of paint. It is also a situation where the donor would like it to go to work at a good home and not just flipped.
So will going from a hydrostatic drive to a variator drive provide a satisfactory experience? Neither of us have any experience with a variator. I do like the idea of him getting into a real GT from that LT.